Palin's Daughter: Why Obama is Right
by Trey Rentz, Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 11:45:20 AM EDT
First, feel free to recommend this diary. Because what I am going to write is going to be an important defense of what Obama is trying to say today about Palin's daughter.
Second, lets be honest. We're number crunchers here at myDD. We love to read the tea leaves. So be objective about what I'm going to write. I want you to tell me what you think about it.
Here's the situation. We know the VP pick of McCain, now has a pregnant 17 year old daugher. We also know that the mother and prospective vice president of the United States, is going to encourage that daughter to marry and have the child.
The issue is not whether or not a child, should have a child. A 17 year old is hardly a mature person. To marry, and give her life to motherhood at this early age is noble, and perhaps misinformed.
The issue is whether or not we will descend into the political gutter.
Obama made a clear call today to all of us, to simply say. Hey. Family is off limits. And that holds alot of promise for us.
All of us.
A person who is trying to decide whether or not to go into corporate America, with deep six figure salaries, or to turn to public service - has a lot to decide. One of those factors should not be whether or not his family will be used as political cannon fodder.
Another important reason why Obama is right, has to do largely with the fact that Obama stands for making abortion scarce. Lets face it, this child - having this child - has made a choice
that will resonate throughout her entire life. And whether or not you think the issue is roe v. wade, the fact is, that in this case, the Palins have taken a huge moral issue and dealt with it in a way that respects the life of the unborn child, and I am sure, the life of their child. This young lady will have +support+ and +help+ to raise her child. Thats important. What mother would choose not to have her baby, if she knew she would be helped, and cared for? Nordic countries in europe with heavily socialized medicine, sport the lowest abortion rates in the entire world, for this specific reason.
If we can support Obama, and go hands-off on this little girl who is having her baby - then we'll all end up coming out ahead. Sure, Palin's not qualified to be president, thats not the issue. The issue Obama is raising, at least to this author - is whether or not families are fair game. Obama doesn't want his family to be targets. He wants to face McCain square on, and not have a dog and pony show running.
And lets face it, who else loves a dog and pony show more than the evangelics?
So in the end, I am really interested in what you think. I know this is a kind of a first, in American politics, to have a GOP Female candidate and then almost immediately following a set of scandals that threaten to disrupt her candidacy.. I just want to know, if you feel that following Obama's lead, and just taking the fuze off this thing, is good for America.
Or should we hit them where they live? What do you think?